Old Tom - Frederic Robinson Limited

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84
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 01-13-2003)
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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany colored body with thick, rich, dense head. Caramel and dark fruits; plums; black strap molasses. Dark, roasted grain flavors with bright, fruity esters; decent bitterness; a mild touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy side; mildly aggressive carbonation on the tongue; semi-dry finish.

An interesting and overall very enjoyable strong ale. There is a slight hint of tannins and phenolics in the flavor although it doesn't detract from things. Very much a dark malt and alcohol focused beer without any heavy-handed residual sugars or excessive booziness. The body is a little bit on the weak side but shouldn't matter to most folks as the appeal to the other senses is solid.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I cellared this bottle for at least 8 months before cracking it open a pouring it into a Bruery snifter. The pour is very dark reddish-brown with only a slip of light escaping through. It sports a massive tan head that lasts and lasts. Overall a really impressive-looking pour. I'm loving the nose on this beer too. Lots of toffee, sweet malt, dark fruit, leather, and a hint of tobacco.

Nice medium body with a firm feel and a malt-forward flavor. Not as much malt complexity as I had hoped and there is a little too much booziness on the back end, but still enjoyable. There is a malty, fudgy, slightly smoky blend of flavors up front that persist across mid-palate where they are met by booze and dark fruit. The booze overwhelms the remaining flavors and lingers on the finish.

Not a bad beer, but not quite as good as I hoped it would be. I could try aging the booziness out of this beer, but don't see the point. I'm confident there are superior offerings out there.

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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Very dark, good foam for such a brew
Smells of toffee, molasses, roast then some fruity esters and booze
Toffe, fruity, roast, a bit astringent, metallic but not in a bad way, ends on a bitter note
Quite zingy but otherwise apropriate body, warming alcohol
Enjoyable strong ale that does not hide its alcohol

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark red brown with a decent head.
Toffee and medium malts on the nose.
Rich and pleasant but not very complex malty flavor.
Way better than Chocolate Old Tom.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.29/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle marked L3346 21:51 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of earth and pepper, some maltiness
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing very good – thick ring extending from the top of the glass to the beers surface, mostly small bubbles
Body very attractive red-amber, clear
Flavor follows the nose – very woody and earthy with some peppery spice – no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Excellent ale – I could drink this all day if it had a better price point. Oh well; champagne tastes and a beer budget!

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought from the Aeon at American Village, Okinawa.

A - Pours thick and dark like espresso with a fine two fingers of dark cream on top.
S - Coffey, toffee, caramel, mocha, mollasses, anything and everything delicious
T - The first thing that hits is the Belgique yeast explosion on my tongue, followed shortly by roasted malts and a smattering of the above scents becoming flavor in addition to sweet pit fruits, namely red cherries.
M - Medium to heavy on the tongue with staying power and warmth from the booze. Extremely pleasant carbonation fits the bill nicely.

Overall: This beer came right out of nowhere and made my night. It is always a relief to find good beers in Okinawa, this being a classic no less.

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Old Tom from Frederic Robinson Limited
84 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.